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28 Jun, 2020 17:03

'You just broke Instagram': Ex-MMA icon and 'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano sets pulses racing with NAKED social media pic

'You just broke Instagram': Ex-MMA icon and 'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano sets pulses racing with NAKED social media pic

One of the pioneers of women's MMA, Gina Carano, has set pulses racing online after posting a naked photo of herself in near-silhouette to her Instagram page.

Carano, who once fought Cris Cyborg in now-defunct MMA promotion Strikeforce, has transitioned from the cage to the screen with roles in a host of movies and TV shows. But she shot to even greater fame as Cara Dune in the Disney+ Star Wars streaming series "The Mandalorian."

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Now the fighter-turned-actor, who has 1.1 million followers on Instagram, shared a topless pic of herself on her page, accompanied by a quote from pop music legend Prince, which she later deleted.

"I find freedom sexy. I find freedom so sexy I can't even explain it to you. You wake up every day and feel like you can do anything."

Her post attracted a string of approving replies, including emoji-laden responses from WWE superstar Sasha Banks and MMA fighters Angela Hill and Pearl Gonzalez.

One fan commented, "I'm pretty sure you just broke Instagram," while another stated, "Hottest female fighter ever."

But despite attracting more than 200,000 likes in just a few hours, Carano's pic didn't receive universal approval, with a fellow MMA legend weighing in with an alternative take.

Former UFC and PRIDE FC legend Renzo Gracie commented on the post, saying, "Put some clothes on… you don’t need it.. you are among the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.

"That makes you unique.. there’s no need for sex pics… you are the most beautiful woman that walk around.

"Simple as that."

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